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Independence day spam contains path to trojan downloader.

MicroWorld Technologies : 05 July, 2007  (Technical Article)
Latest Trojan exploits American festival to lure victims into downloading malicious software.
Malware writers are out to cash in on the Independence Day celebrations
of United States. A new email in circulation poses itself as a July Four
greeting card sent by a friend of yours, only to infect your computer
with a Trojan that can make the PC dependent on the author of the malware.

The subject lines of the bait mail are varied and are picked randomly
from an embedded list. Celebrate Your Independence, Fourth of July
Party, God Bless America and Happy B-Day USA are some of them.

Once a victim clicks on the link inside the email to view the purported
greeting card, she is taken to a bot computer hosting a Trojan
Downloader named 'JS.Agent.kd'. This malware then tries to bring in more
harmful code from the Internet, which can open a backdoor in the
compromised computer. For its spreading routine, the Trojan Downloader
harvests email addresses from the victim's computer and sends the
malicious mail to all contacts found.

"Malware writers are quite smart in exploiting the flavor of the
season," says Rohini Sonawane, Chief Operating Officer of MicroWorld
Technologies. "Be it New Year celebrations, Valentine's Day or now the
Independence Day, marketing strategists of the corporate world have got
a lesson or two to learn from these cyber criminals!"

"It's quite common among computer users to send seasonal e-greetings to
their friends and relatives and that makes some of them act without
thinking twice when they get such bait mails. Many of the recent Virus
attacks were even smarter as they exploited the Breaking News stories
from around the world in order to lure potential victims. In here, the
Virus writer knows that the shock and surprise of the mail recipient
will push his common sense to back seat," Rohini Sonawane points out.

To guard against masqueraded threats like these, one's best bet would be
to rely on an Intelligent and fast updating Antivirus software that
catches Viruses and Worms at the Socket Level, the entry point through
which an external file comes into a computer. eScan from MicroWorld
Technologies scans incoming data for Viruses and other harmful programs
right at the Winsock layer, using its unique MWL technology.

Computer users unwittingly fallen prey to the 'JS.Agent.kd' attack could
scan and clean their PCs by downloading the fully functional free trial
version of eScan at MicroWorld's website
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